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Indoor Training Room - Mirrors

Do you have mirrors in your indoor training room? If so, what size did you get? I'm looking into hanging up some mirror. I can see the difference it makes in obedience training.
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The last training facility I went to had them. Loved them.

They were fairly big. Three to four
feet wide and five feet tall.
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I would get long door(cheap) ones and place them near the floor horizontally/even stacking would be ok. Some of the larger ones are distorting.

But I don't have an indoor training place so can only imagine! Video taping the session may be an alternative, so you can see your footwork and positioning?
Where I train privately there are a couple mirrors in the corners and we do use them all the time when in the building.

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I'm so glad this thread was started (thanks Mrs. K). We are in the process of making some changes to our indoor training room. We are putting down rubber horse mats to help with traction and sound. We were also discussing putting up some mirrors but weren't sure how useful or wanted they would be. Would those who have worked in rooms with mirrors mind elaborating what they got out of them? Also, we were just thinking of a few along one of the long walls. Is there any preferred size or spacing?
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I was thinking about putting rubber mats as well. I plan on turning the garage into the training room since the hardwoodfloor in the house is not ideal and I don't want to ruin it.

Mirrors are awesome. I had my obedience lesson today and we were working on the heal positioning. I could see exactly what I was doing wrong right there and then. For example, how I held the food-hand. If I was behind the dog, my body language, how the dog was positioned.

It helps so much in terms of precision it's amazing.

If you don't have the mirrors you can only go off of what feels right but with the mirror you can look straight ahead and see exactly what you do and how the dog responds to it.
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I would get long door(cheap) ones and place them near the floor horizontally/even stacking would be ok. Some of the larger ones are distorting.

But I don't have an indoor training place so can only imagine! Video taping the session may be an alternative, so you can see your footwork and positioning?
Where I train privately there are a couple mirrors in the corners and we do use them all the time when in the building.
Video taping is what I usually do but you can't correct yourself on the spot. You always have to go back to watch the material.
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Thanks. So do the mirrors go all the way to the floor or above it?
We are getting the rubber mats from FarmTek.com. You can also get some really nice ones at Tractor Supply, but those have a pattern and we've discovered it is tough to clean the mats with a pattern.

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Thanks. So do the mirrors go all the way to the floor or above it?
We are getting the rubber mats from FarmTek.com. You can also get some really nice ones at Tractor Supply, but those have a pattern and we've discovered it is tough to clean the mats with a pattern.
this is what Debs indoor training facility with the mirrors looks like.

The ones that are off the floor work just fine. You can still see yourself and the dog in the mirror. I have to measure my wall and see how many mirrors I'll have to put up and how I'm going to put them up there.

I was thinking about getting mats from tractor supply since they are conveniently close. It's good to know that they are hard to clean. Thanks for the link
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Bocron, are you getting the "Dyno Interlocking Rubber Stall Mats" 4x6 ?
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I have mirrors in my indoor training room, though they are mounted pretty high. Probably not particularly useful for obedience training. The mirrors can be bought at Lowes for about $40 each and are 36" x 48"



You can see more pics of how I made my training room here: https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...your-home.html

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